Allentown Symphony Association announces postponement/cancelations of April 2020 concerts

Date: Mar 25, 2020

As the safety of the Allentown Symphony Association's (ASA) audience, musicians, visiting guest artists, staff, volunteers, and board continues to be its top priority, the ASA announced an extension of performance/event cancellations at Miller Symphony Hall through Thursday, April 30 following updated recommendations about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The ASA had previously announced cancellations/postponement of events at Miller Symphony Hall through March 31.

“It is with much sadness and regret that I inform you we are postponing/cancelling all Miller Symphony Hall events through April 30, including the orchestra concerts scheduled for April 18 & 19,” Al Jacobsen, Executive Director of the Allentown Symphony Association, announced today.  

Jacobsen went on to explain that “due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with all ‘non-life sustaining’ businesses now ordered closed by our Governor for an indefinite time period, it would be impossible for the organization to carry out tasks in the upcoming weeks in preparation for the April events.  The safety of our staff, musicians, our audience and our community is our highest concern.”

“This is a situation that is changing daily – even hourly – not just for the ASA, but for everyone in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.  We will keep everyone in the ASA family informed as we face these challenges and look ahead as we welcome audiences back to Miller Symphony Hall in the coming weeks.”

The most up-to-date information on cancellations/postponements may be found by visiting http://www.MillerSymphonyHall.org or by calling 610.432.6715.

It was also announced that the ASA would launch a new initiative entitled Miller Symphony Hall @ Home, a series of online recordings of past performances in addition to other content. “While our theater remains dark, technology offers an excellent opportunity to remain connected with our community, especially during this time of social distancing,” Jacobsen commented. “In fact,” he added, “we are already using technology and social media to remain connected with our El Sistema Lehigh Valley students. Earlier this week, some of our students received their first virtual lessons using internet conferencing.” Content for Miller Symphony Hall @ Home will be shared as it becomes available via http://www.MillerSymphonyHall.org and announced through periodic e-blasts to the ASA’s database and social media postings.

Below is a listing of current postponements/cancellations at Miller Symphony Hall:

Postponed:
April 4 – Live OnStage: Take3 (new date TBD)

Cancelled:
April 11 – Met Opera: Puccini’s Tosca
April 16 – Third Thursday in The Lyric Room
April 16 – Musicians’ Sponsorship Dinner
April 17 – Meet the Artist
April 18 – Allentown Symphony Orchestra: The Pines of Rome
April 19 – Allentown Symphony Orchestra: The Pines of Rome
April 20 – Chamber OnStage: Hector Olivera, Organ
April 29 – Laughs at The Lyric


ABOUT THE ALLENTOWN SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION (ASA)/ALLENTOWN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (ASO)

Operating the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO), El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) and owner/operator of Miller Symphony Hall, the ASA is one of the region’s premier arts organizations.

Each year, the ASO performs more than 20 classical, pops, educational, and family concerts.  In 2014 and again in 2017, the orchestra received the national American Prize for “orchestral excellence.”  With passion and finesse, the ASO, led by Music Director & Conductor Diane Wittry, plays time-honored masterworks, newly commissioned world premieres, and intriguing repertoire, including works by prominent new composers.

Exciting world-class artists that have performed with the ASO include Midori, Emanuel Ax, Angela Meade, and Peter Serkin, as well as jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and Broadway vocalist Christiane Noll.  The orchestra’s classically trained musicians include players from the major urban centers of New York, Baltimore-D.C., and Philadelphia.

Music Director Diane Wittry, now in her 25th Season with the ASO, is known for her innovative programming style, using video, dancers, subtitles, and other visuals that give her concerts a sense of occasion.  She has been a stellar advocate for music education outreach for all ages and skill levels.  Lehigh Valley native Ron Demkee serves as the ASO’s Associate/Pops Conductor.  The two previous ASO Music Directors were Donald Voorhees, the distinguished conductor of the studio orchestra for NBC’s Emmy-award-winning “The Bell Telephone Hour,” and William Smith, Assistant Conductor to the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy.

The ASO has received music commissioning grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and from the League of American Orchestras in support of its El Sistema-inspired program for at-risk youth.  The ASA also biennially hosts the National Schadt String Competition which attracts top young performers from all over the world.

As it has for the last 69 years, the ASO continues its pursuit of excellence with passion, keeping alive the legacy of masterworks while bringing the works of modern masters to the concert stage for the entire community.

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